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is an international live from moscow i'm rule re sushi i one breaking news story dominating the global headlines this morning investigation is now on to find what caused a malaysia airlines passenger plane to crash in eastern ukraine on thursday all two hundred ninety eight people on board the boeing seven seven seven were killed by locals say the plane flew over their heads and then smashed into the ground some of told us they sold bodies falling from the sky the debris and corpses scattered across a wide area and this is how i witnesses describe the moment the plane came down. when i saw a piece of the plane fall about four hundred meters from my apartment when i went to check it out i saw scattered bodies from a distance it looked like debris was falling but as it turned out it was people falling out of the aircraft. i heard the noise of the planes and thought the
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bombardment would start soon and i also heard shooting somewhere from above we're used to the sound of shooting here but then there was a loud clap when i looked up and saw something fording moving me into pieces the main part fell here and exploded although. it was terrible what i saw at first i saw smoke and fire and when the firemen started to put out the flames i saw bodies torn apart there were children too there were bodies attached to seats here and there. so they looked abundant we were swimming and we heard three distinct shots actually not sure it's more like explosions and then we saw the plane from its wing was falling off and then with so black smoke and that's all. of the order came down in the field my brother is there at the moment there are many people and degree everywhere you found a ticket from sudan from malaysia everything is scattered around it simply horrific
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so many bodies he couldn't even count them nationalities of the majority of those on board that crashed aboard the malaysian airliner have now been identified more than half of them one hundred fifty four to be exact were dutch another thirty eight victims were malaysian including the fifteen crewmembers also on the plane were nine britons four germans three filipinos and a canadian. so the worst hit has been the netherlands which has lost more than one hundred fifty of its citizens relatives are now desperate to find out what happened to their loved ones. now joining us live from. bali good to see this morning a shame under such circumstances one would imagine that the family members of the victims are all there at the airport probably still reeling in a state of shock. relatives and friends will have gone to bed last night hoping that everything that took place yesterday was just
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a dreadful nightmare but holland has woken up this morning to nothing short of a national tragedy as you said the majority of the passengers on that flight were dutch nationals and that flight took off from here where i am in amsterdam people airport before it crashed in ukraine and the scenes we saw here yesterday absolute devastation of the devastated passengers relatives just trying to obtain information about what had happened to their loved ones and the grief and the shock of coming to terms with their losses it was just unbelievable we know that malaysian airlines have sent out i can't seem to amsterdam to help passengers cope with their losses but we also know that a number of the passengers were headed to melbourne for an international aid conference we've had the international aid society tweeting their condolences and
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their sadness at the loss of friends and colleagues but as i said the majority of the passengers on that ill fated flight were dutch nationals and a huge group of relatives waiting here in amsterdam for more information for what happened to their loved ones and why but a sense of shock last night but this morning. that country has woken up to the tragedy and the reality of that very high death toll from poland multi-course one of the schiphol airport in amsterdam thank you. now with the plane on route from amsterdam to kuala lumpur was flying over the part of eastern ukraine where kiev continues to carry out its heavy military crackdown against anti-government forces it was then that it disappeared from radar shortly before it was due to enter a russian air space the ukrainian president petro poroshenko accused antigovernment
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fighters of downing the plane with a rocket calling the incident a terrorist attack but militia groups deny this saying they don't have any access to weapons capable of taking out a plane at the altitude this one was flying at a local activist say they have found the flight recorders amid the wreckage. the international has correspondents all around the world and from the spanish our correspondent francisco guyton at the scene of the crash right now with this report . the situation in this kilometer that is around is that you can see several pieces of the aircraft and also several bodies that the situation is really complicated and it's a tragedy when we talk with a fireman and they say that they been implied no one and what they're talking about the numbers it's almost three hundred people who were in this aircraft the last information on that day in my lashon airlines heart is when they were in the air in
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an air and they didn't have any more information on their start the government created and government and the local government to talk and kill each other about who was the responsible the militia antique here said that they don't have the capability to shoot an aircraft who is in a distance of ten thousand meters and they were saying that is the ukrainian army forces who shot down this aircraft of my lashon airlines who are coming from answer them and to kuala lumpur this situation right now the government open an investigation and is cleared that this accident has important political connotations because it is not just an accident of an aircraft because of the bad moreover it's
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a situation that is very important because here very close to the border in the last days there was a big comeback between the militia. and grania armed forces. earlier in a phone conversation with barack obama a lot of money putin stressed the importance of an immediate and unconditional cease fire in ukraine the leaders of the self-proclaimed republican in ukraine have already announced a humanitarian truce will be implemented. allow investigators in ukraine a thorough claimed russia could be involved in striking down the plane or the kremlin has dismissed the accusations as stupidity. of a lot of my putin has said the ukraine should bear the responsibility for allowing a state of war in the country in the first place. we have to do everything in our capability to make sure an objective picture of what happened is made public and known to people in our country as well as the people of ukraine and the whole
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world what happened is completely unacceptable and no one has the right to walk away with the making of conclusion of what happened first. i want to point out that this tragedy wouldn't have happened if there was peace on the ukrainian land at least if the fighting hadn't had resumed in the south east without any doubt the state on whose territory this happened must stand responsible for this horrible tragedy and one after another major air carriers are diverting their planes around ukrainian airspace among them the likes of air france. or europe's transport agency euro control has advised all e.u. carriers to avoid ukraine's aspace as a more details on this now and join artie's peter all of a life for us in the peter the international response to this has been a fast coming this morning. yes we heard a short statement from german chancellor angela merkel in which she said she was
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shocked and expressed her condolences to those to the families of those who have been killed who are expecting a further statement from her in a few hours time that go into a little bit more depth also the german foreign minister. said that there must be an international investigation into what happened here and said that it was one of those situations where he was really struggling to find the words to explain it. we heard from a colleague police boyko in in amsterdam the dutch prime minister has also been expressing his condolences and we're expecting a statement from him a little later the u.k. where nine people it seems were on that flight nine u.k. citizens david cameron the prime minister there held a press held a big part in a meeting with senior government officials to decide what the next step would be and what they actually knew about what had happened and then the united kingdom went to the united nations and asked for a special set
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a special session of the security council now that session will take place in new york later on friday but what we are seeing though is an outpouring of condolence and grief here in europe as flights just try and avoid ukrainian airspace at the moment all carriers just about have said that they're going to try and employed all of ukrainian airspace euro control who are the european body that monitor air traffic control and to give guidelines and air traffic control of rule eastern ukraine though an absolute no go area until we find out anything more about what's happened with this this terrible tragedy that's touched lives across europe many many in the netherlands but also here in germany belgium the united kingdom it seems maybe fronts as well but that's uncalled for and as of yet. as you try and find us to find out what happened to something that is touching lives across the world r.t. correspondent peter one of our live in bergen thank you. now all these are going to
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go right now with the russia ukraine border she sent us this report judging by the pictures that it's a miracle that it hasn't hit any of the houses any of the residential houses located in that area at least we do not have any confirmation that regard representatives from the self-proclaimed donetsk people's republic are said to have recovered the black boxes the flight data recorders now whether or not they will be handing them over to moscow as initial reports suggested or to the thirty's but we cannot say with certainty however the prime minister of the self-proclaimed donetsk people's republic did say that they are going to declare a truce for several days in order to make it easier for the investigations take place and indeed ukrainian officials have said that they're launching an investigation as well as a criminal case into this really thick incident now as their international assistance have also come in to ukraine russia was among the first ones to offer assistance that came from the ministry of emergencies the u.s.
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has also said that they're willing to help out and there were already voices being heard from the e.u. officials for saying that an international investigation into this tragedy is needed the boeing triple seven is the world's largest twin jet airliner it was launched in one thousand nine hundred five and has a capacity of up to four hundred forty passengers this particular plane's very first flight was on july the seventeenth one thousand nine hundred ninety seven its last flight exactly seventeen years later on july seventeenth twenty fourteen the flight was m h one seventy. u.s. officials are claiming certainly from the intelligence community that the plane was downed by a surface to air missile they have not specifically blamed either side or the american vice president joe biden said that a team of specialists will be sent to a sixth ukrainian authorities with the investigation. is in washington right now following reaction. u.s. officials believe it was
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a surface to air missile that shot down the malaysian plane over ukraine the u.s. is not pointing the blame think they're just yet president obama spoke with the ukrainian leader but. we can be sure that the blame game in the coming days and weeks is going to be vicious there are questions as to who had the capability to do this the ukrainian military certainly has the capability to launch like that would require a team of specialists as we hear from many experts and there is another question why was this malaysian airline flying over the conflict zone we know that u.s. airlines had been avoiding the area for some time precisely because it was deemed unsafe what kind of instructions that this plane was see from the ukrainian air traffic control and what exactly was happening inside the cockpit just moments before the tragedy hopefully we'll get more answers when investigators get hold of the black box of course one of the main questions at this point is who is going to investigate this the u.n. secretary general spoke out calling for an international investigation one of the
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concerns moving forward is that the investigation could eventually be politicized the blame game is full on in the media even before any facts have been established by nature to count in washington international investigators haven't even arrived at the crash site yet you know authorities and certainly some western media outlets have been very quick to blame fighters across one of the important taking us through some of the rather wild speculation. a shocking tragedy claiming the lives of nearly three hundred victims before any investigation even begins the lack of credible facts has it prevented many in the west from jumping to conclusions according to the sun newspaper the russian president is personally responsible for downing the malaysia airlines plane in ukraine and accusation some u.s. officials are doing their best to feel if it is a result of either separatist or russian actions mistakenly believing there was
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a ukrainian war plane i think there's going to be able to pay and there should be there does seem to be growing awareness that it probably had to be russian insurgence now how we determine that will require some forensics but then if there is evidence pointing in that direction the equipment had to come from russia either the missile came from it's a missile that came from russia or it was from the separatists and it's a buccal style bissell i mean this came from russia russia has their fingerprints all over it either way why stop it fingers according to the daily mail russia's hands are soaked in blood some journalists conveniently camouflaged their blame with a question mark headline after headline asking if russia is to blame very few bothering to enquire about ukraine's possible role in the plane crash the new york times on the other hand reported ukraine's accusations leaving no room in this article for
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russia's position the u.s. nato and russia have all called for an investigation to be launched to establish the facts many media outlets have already created their narrative even if it means bypassing the truth during a port ny r.t. new york. and some of the accusations against the anti government fight is a based on a tweet which was reportedly posted and then deleted from the social media account of those on yet people's republic the tweet was allegedly a boat from anti government forces that they had taken possession of an advanced surface to air missile system capable of bringing down such a plane however in an interview to the ukrainian media general prosecutor actually denied that another allegation coming from ukrainian officials is based around what they say is an intercepted phone call between anti-government fighters in it that purportedly admit to shooting down the plane now reports suggest that
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a block surface to air missile system may have been used several former soviet countries use the weapon including ukraine it has the ability to intercept up to twenty four targets at the same time within a distance of up to forty five kilometers and reaching an altitude of twenty five kilometers and sir projectiles travel up to twelve hundred meters per second as yet though there is no confirmation this missile system was the cause of the crash we spoke to charlie mcgrath of the founder of wide awake news he believes the western media has already decided who's to blame for the events. in light of the fact that big nearly three hundred people just died i hate to jump into bashing but since you asked the question i will this is a western backed regime inside a key appear chain go is absolutely put there by the united states by the e.u. by the international monetary fund they say you know like i said the ukraine is not in the forefront of the people's mind in the west it's going to be now it when i
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was monitoring coverage on this earlier today they give you two options for what is happening inside ukraine it's either russia's fault or pro russian separatists fault you know they're forgetting the fact that ukraine right now the ukrainian government is showing civilians is showing in urban areas and hundreds and hundreds of civilians have already been killed at the killed at the hands of the ukrainian government so you know the fact that the media is not reporting the truth on the ground is not surprising at all because this is the western media who is toeing the western propaganda line or ukraine's army does have some history of shooting down civilian planes and medina cultured about now looking back at a fatal mistake during military exercises back in two thousand and one. the case has similarities to the incident indeed it happened thirteen years ago two thousand and one in a car to where a russian plane was carrying sixty six passengers as well as twelve crew members and was flying from tel of based in israel to novosibirsk now somewhere about the
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black sea it happened that the russian ground control center reported that it lost contact with the jats as the plane disappeared from the reader and very shortly after it was revealed that the plane went down into the sea of course of the investigation was launched and there were conflicting reports and i do remember there was one when the pilots the median plane that was flying above pretty much the same area said that he actually saw the russian jab before crashing into the sea in his so how the jet exploded it's the number one reason behind the incident was a possible terrorist attack that's what the investigators first thought but then it turned out that the crash happened due to ukrainian a missile that broad down the plane and that happened accidentally viewing military
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exercises military drills happening at the same time in a while basically this seems area now i have to mention that ukrainian military forces really didn't know i had quite heated the that they were at fault however international. investigation was carried out in international society acknowledged that was the fact that there was a ukrainian ukrainian missed that brought down that russian plane and that happened back in two thousand and one. so it's an international wall the malaysian plane crash is dominating global headlines. taken a turn for the worse in gaza israel launched a massive operation one of its so. has been killed it's the first israeli military death in the campaign which began late on thursday and early friday there have been heavy bombardments across the garza with locals reporting tanks crossing the border israeli ground troops massively backed by air and naval forces the un has called
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for an immediate end to the violence from both sides but the officials in tel aviv saying it needs to destroy tunnels being used by hamas militants to infiltrate israel. and the ground campaign has already led to casualties in gaza as well these images you're seeing show the bodies of at least three children who are reportedly hit by artillery fire there among some twenty palestinians who have died since the ground offensive began reporter harry fear now with more on the situation. we understand that one of the primary objectives of the operation is to destroy the tunnel infrastructure which is used by the fighters here israel sees this as a counterterrorism operation i spoke to one of the hamas. spokespersons and they said that israel's operation will also massively result in large number of civilian casualties and he described israel's intent towards gaza as deliberately going
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after gaza's civilian population it's not clear at the moment exactly to what scale this ground invasion or incursion is going to materialize but we do know that there have been incursions into the northern area of the strip specifically at least the area we've also received unconfirmed reports that as a result of those incursions there have been specific casualties as a result of those ground troops moving in. a muse ready operation follows days of shellings in gaza with hamas launching rockets in return nearly two hundred fifty palestinians have been killed most of them civilians including children there was a. short humanitarian truce on thursday but the exchange of fire resumed as soon as . breaking news top story here on r.t. international the investigation now want to find what coast of malaysia airlines
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passenger plane to crash in eastern ukraine on thursday all two hundred ninety eight people on board the boeing seven seven seven were killed locals saw the plane fly over their heads and slammed into the ground some of told us they sold audi's raining from the sky a dead body on corpses of scattered across an area of up to fifteen kilometers and this is how i witnesses describe the moment the plane came down the plane i saw a piece of the plane fall about four hundred meters from my apartment when i went to check it out i saw scattered bodies from a distance it looked like debris was falling but as it turned out it was people falling out of the aircraft. i heard the noise of the planes and thought the bombardment would start soon and i also heard shooting somewhere from above we're used to the sound of shooting here but then there was a loud clap i looked up and saw something fooling over me it broke into pieces the
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main part tile here and exploded all of. it was terrible what i saw at first i saw smoke and fire and when the firemen started to put out the flames i saw bodies torn apart there were children too there were bodies attached to seats here and there. so they look abundance we were swimming and we heard three distinct shots actually not sure it's more like explosions and then we saw the plane for all its wing was crawling off and then we saw a black smoke and that's all. i am a part of the order came down on the four year old my brother is there at the moment there are many people and degree everywhere you found a ticket from amsterdam to malaysia everything is scattered around it simply horrific so many bodies he couldn't even count them now the plane on route from amsterdam to kuala lumpur was flying over the part of eastern ukraine where kiev continues its heavy military crackdown against anti-government sells for less than
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that it disappeared from radar shortly before it was due to enter russian space the ukrainian president petro poroshenko a kucing antigovernment fighters have downing the plane with a rocket calling the incident a terrorist attack but the militia groups are denying this thing they don't have access to weapons capable of taking out a plane at the altitude the one was flying at a local activists say they found the flight recorders i mean the wreckage and that investigation will be underway and among our many networks here on our team from the espanyol our spanish sister channel correspondent francisco gaiter at the scene of the crash right now with this report. the situation in this kilometer that is around is that you can see several pieces of the aircraft and also several bodies that the situation is really complicated and it's a tragedy when we talk with the fireman they say that they been implied no one and what they're talking about the numbers it's almost three hundred people who were in
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this aircraft the last information that they had my last airlines heart is when they were in the air in an air and they didn't have any more information on their start the government a korean government and the local government to talk and who are accused each other about who was the responsible the militia antique here said that they don't have the capability to shoot an aircraft who is in a distance of ten thousand meters and they were saying that is the ukrainian army forces who shot down this crowd of my lashon airlines who are coming from answer them and to kuala lumpur this situation right now the government open an investigation and is clear that this accident has important political connotations because it is not just an accident of an aircraft
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because of the bad moreover it's a situation that is very important because here very close to the border in the last days there was a big comeback between the militia. and the granny armed forces. the nationalities of the majority of people on board the crash from malaysia airliner have been identified more than half of them one hundred fifty four to be exact what dutch another thirty eight victims are malaysian including the fifteen crewman also on the plane nine britons four germans three filipinos and a canadian now the instability and conflict in eastern ukraine certainly makes it difficult to confirm some of the claims and details rushing in using what we do know however we have put together events in a chronological order over the past twenty four hours at twelve fifteen pm local time flight m.h. seventy with two hundred ninety eight passengers and crew onboard to call from
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amsterdam airport on the scheduled trans continental flight to kuala lumpur. and food twenty one pm local time radio contact with the pilots of the malaysia airlines boeing seven hundred seven stop and the jet disappeared from radar there was no warning or distress signal of any kind the jet was last recorded as an altitude of ten kilometers of eastern ukraine a region racked by civil conflict infighting within the hour the fate of m.h. seventeen had become clear the jet had disintegrated in the air they breathe from it falling over a wide area anti-government forces arrived and secured the crash site within the hour confirming that there were no survivors global reaction was immediate we have to do everything in our capability to make sure an objective picture of what happened is made public and known to people in our country as well as the people ukraine of.
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